No relief employees allowed on night shift

Employer guilty of contracting out despite lack of formal agreement
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/26/2015

hiring private security workers to provide relief on night shifts went against the collective agreement between employees at the North Bay Regional Health Centre in Ontario, an arbitrator has decided.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees union filed a policy grievance against the hospital after it decided to use security operators — employees of Russell Security Services — to provide relief coverage for workers operating the switchboard during night shifts.

The problem was that, up until February 2015, two bargaining unit employees operated the employee’s switchboard.